Quotation Kawai, Norifumi and Mohr, Alexander. 2015. The Contingent Effects of Role Ambiguity and Role Novelty on Expatriates' Work-related Outcomes. Brit J Manage 26 (2), 163-181.


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Research on work stress has highlighted its negative outcomes for both individuals and their employers. Overseas assignments are more stressful than domestic assignments, and their relatively high failure rates are well documented. We suggest, however, that certain types of stress can positively affect expatriate performance. Based on role theory and the distinction between hindrance and challenge stressors, we develop hypotheses regarding the influence of role ambiguity and role novelty on expatriate success. We also conceptualize and empirically investigate the moderating influence of expatriates' perceptions of organizational support and supervisor support. Our hypotheses are tested using a sample of 125 Japanese expatriate managers in Germany. We find that role ambiguity is a hindrance stressor and negatively affects job satisfaction and work adjustment, while role novelty acts as a challenge stressor and positively affects job satisfaction, task performance and work adjustment. Our findings also show that perceived organizational support attenuates the negative effects of role ambiguity on work adjustment and strengthens the positive effect of role novelty on job satisfaction. We also find that supervisor support positively moderates the positive effect of role novelty on job satisfaction and work adjustment.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal British Journal of Management (BJM)
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title The Contingent Effects of Role Ambiguity and Role Novelty on Expatriates' Work-related Outcomes
Volume 26
Number 2
Year 2015
Page from 163
Page to 181
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12089

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Mohr, Alexander (Details)
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Kawai, Norifumi (University of Sussex, United Kingdom)
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Institute for International Business (Details)
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